April 18, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) celebrates with third base coach Brian Snitker (51) after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Braves vs. Mets: Atlanta Wins Series 2-1 With Wednesday Blowout

The Braves got a bit of revenge for the Mets sweep in the first week of the season as they took two out of three in Atlanta.

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Braves vs. Mets Recap: Atlanta's Bats Come Alive Late To Take Series

Following a sweep in the first series of the season, the Braves got back to their winning ways against their NL East rivals this week, taking two out of three games from the Mets. After a rough start to the series, the lineup cranked out 23 runs (including 14 on rainy Wednesday afternoon!) in the final two games to lead them to victory.

Dillon Gee continued to give Atlanta fits in the series opener, limiting the club to just one run in a game they would eventually lose 6-1. Tommy Hanson pitched well for most of the night, but a hanging curveball to Ike Davis proved to be the difference as he sent it over the wall for three runs in a game that was tied 1-1 at that point. The Braves were unable to scratch across anything in the final innings against the Mets bullpen, ending a night of frustrations at the plate.

The Braves benefitted from some sloppy defense in game two, scoring five runs in the second inning to lead them to a 9-3 victory. Freddie Freeman showed signs of life for the first time all season after a dreadful start, and Juan Francisco hit his first homer with the team to provide a much-needed insurance run late. Randall Delgado was not spectacular by any means, but he got the job done working 5.1 innings of three-run ball.

Despite a poor performance from starter Jair Jurrjens on Wednesday afternoon, the Braves broke out the bats as they slaughtered New York by a score of 14-6. Freeman and Dan Uggla hit their first homers of the season, five players drove in two runs or more and Chipper Jones came on as a pinch-hitter to record yet another extra-base hit. This was a fun game to watch, and it really showed just how good this lineup can be when everyone gets going.

Atlanta is now 7-5 on the young season and are heading west to take on the Diamondbacks for a four-game series in Phoenix starting Thursday night.

For more on the club, be sure to visit Talking Chop.


Braves Vs. Mets Final: Atlanta Rolls In 14-6 Rout

The Atlanta Braves got out on New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey early, rolling to a 14-6 victory on Wednesday afternoon and taking two of three from their NL East rival.

Dickey only lasted 4.1 innings, as the knuckle-baller gave up 8 hits and 3 home runs, moving his ERA to 8.81 on the season.

Almost the entire infield got in on the fun, as 1B Freddie Freeman, 2B Dan Uggla and 3B Juan Francisco all went yard. Atlanta distributed its run production evenly, with six of their eight position players driving in at least one run.

Jair Jurrjens didn't have his best day on the mound, giving up 7 hits, 4 walks and 4 earned runs in only 4 innings, but with the Braves offense clicking on all cylinders, it didn't really matter.

Christhian Martinez got the third win of his career in the relief, moving Atlanta to 7-5 and into a tie with New York.

For more reaction and analysis on the Braves win, head over to Talking Chop while Amazin' Avenue has all the post-game reaction from New York.


Braves Vs. Mets Lineup: Chipper Jones Gets A Rest, Jason Heyward Bats Third

The Atlanta Braves will rest third baseman Chipper Jones in the Wednesday afternoon's "businessman's special" against the New York Mets. Right fielder Jason Heyward, who batted second in the lineup in Tuesday night's 9-3 win over New York (Heyward had a RBI single that chased Mets starter Johan Santana), will drop into Chipper's three slot.

Here's a complete look at Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup:

Atlanta Braves:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF

2. Martin Prado (R) LF

3. Jason Heyward (L) RF

4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

6. Juan Francisco (L) 3B

7. David Ross (R) C

8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS

9. Jair Jurrjens (R) P

New York Mets:

1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF

2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B

3. David Wright (R) 3B

4. Ike Davis (L) 1B

5. Jason Bay (R) LF

6. Lucas Duda (L) RF

7. Josh Thole (L) C

8. Ronny Cedeno (R) SS

9. R.A. Dickey (R) P

For more on this series Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Mets Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info For Series Finale

The Atlanta Braves are looking for their third straight series win when they host a business man's special Wednesday afternoon against the New York Mets. Atlanta will send Jair Jurrjens to the mound and he will be opposed by New York's R.A. Dickey.

Jurrjens is off to a slow start but was encouraged in his last start by his increase in velocity. He wasn't particularly effective against the Milwaukee Brewers allowing five runs in five innings but hasn't experienced any problems with the knee injury that hampered him throughout the second half of last season. As Jurrjens knee injury flared up, his velocity dropped and therefore so did his effectiveness.

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, April 18, 12:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Pitching Matchup: R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.08 ERA) Vs. Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 7.71 ERA)

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

Read more news and analysis on the Atlanta Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the New York Mets, be sure to visit Amazin' Avenue.


Braves vs. Mets Score: Atlanta Wins 9-3 As Johan Santana Exits Early

After being shutout by Johan Santana on the first day of the season, the Braves brought their bats with them on Tuesday night, knocking the veteran lefty out after just 55 pitches. Atlanta claimed an early lead and rode a solid performance out of Randall Delgado to a 9-3 victory.

Delgado was solid in 5.1 innings of work, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out five. His line is a bit misleading, given two poor defensive efforts that were ruled as hits and not errors.

Michael Bourn scored an early run in the first inning thanks to an error from left fielder Jason Bay. The wheels came off in the second inning; the Braves sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five runs.

Dan Uggla walked to lead off the frame and Matt Diaz singled up the middle. Freddie Freeman worked a great at-bat (one where he was 11 pitches) and eventually clubbed a ball down the left field line for an RBI-double. Tyler Pastornicky followed with a 2-RBI double down the right field line to make the score 4-0.

With Pastornicky on second and Delgado bunting at the plate, Ike Davis fielded a ball and threw it wildly to third base, sending it towards the outfield seats. Pastornicky scored and Delgado moved into second. After getting his first out of the inning, Santana allowed another single to Jason Heyward, making the score 5-0. That would be the final pitch he would throw, exiting the game after recording just four outs.

The Mets tacked on two runs in the top of the fourth on a couple of singles, but Atlanta responded in the fifth with two runs of their own courtesy of a Diaz sacrifice fly and RBI-single from Freeman. New York pushed across another run in the sixth to cut the deficit to 8-3.

Juan Francisco belted a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning, his first of the season. Given that Wednesday's game is set for a noon start, do not be surprised to see him in the lineup for Chipper Jones.

Atlanta is now 6-5 on the young season, while the Mets dropped to 7-4.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Braves vs. Mets Lineups: Jason Heyward Batting Second

The Atlanta Braves struggled mightily two weeks ago when facing Johan Santana and the Mets, so manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to switch things up a bit for Tuesday night's rematch at Turner Field.

The most notable change is with Jason Heyward. Despite incredible numbers thus far in the season -- his triple-slash line is .375/.444/.656 right now -- Heyward has typically batted sixth or seventh. With Martin Prado out of the lineup, Heyward has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the order. Matt Diaz is playing for Prado in left field, batting sixth.

Here is the complete lineup for Tuesday night:

Michael Bourn CF
Jason Heyward RF
Chipper Jones 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Matt Diaz LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Randall Delgado SP

It will be interesting to see if Gonzalez continues to bat Heyward second in the coming days, or if this is simply a one-night fix with Prado on the bench.

First pitch from Atlanta is set for 7:10 ET.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Braves Expect Big Hitting From New York Mets

It's not really a secret to the Atlanta Braves that the New York Mets can really hit the ball. That is something the team has known over the past few years through their division battles .

Following Monday's loss, the Braves were asked about some of the big hits by the Mets, particularly the decision to pitch around David Wright which ultimately led to an Ike Davis two-run shot.

Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez said it was the right decision to pitch around Wright, but the curveball that Davis sent over the fence was hanging just bit too much over the plate.

"I think it was ... I know it was the right decision, he just left a breaking ball over the plate and he hit it out. That was the name of the ball game. One pitch. But I thought overall Tommy was very good. He did a nice job for us, gave us seven innings. We just didn't score runs like we had been against Milwaukee ...

"... You look at the history that he's had against us. That's the right pitch, it's just out over the plate a little bit. Can't second-guess anybody. It's the right pitch, just out over the plate."

Hanson said the Davis home run is just about tipping your cap to to the other guy.

"I felt really good, and I still felt good [that inning]. I kind of threw around Wright right there and then put him on, and then Ike caught that curveball. I felt good and felt like I threw the ball well, just the results weren't there. That was the pitch I wanted to throw and he got it."

Dan Uggla has a lot respect for the Mets ballclub, but he didn't imagine his team would be 0-4 against them. "I never once thought that they'd be like a pushover or anything like that, and they haven't been. They've been clicking on all cylinders so far, and we've really got to bear down and be competitive.

"A lot of the attention was with the Nationals and Miami with all the acquisitions they made. But if you played against this Mets team the last few years, they've been able to hit. They've got a healthy David Wright. They've got some pretty good hitters in there that have a good idea what they're trying to do. Murphy's solid. Thole's solid. They've got a lot of guys in there that'll give you a pro AB.

"And they've got a healthy Johan Santana, and they've got a healthy David Wright, and Niese and Dickey...

"A lot of keys that, if they stay healthy, I don't think this is just a hot little start for them. They've got a good, solid ballclub...

"... even though I think they have a good ballclub, I never expected to be 0-4 against them. It's a funny game. We've got to obviously make an adjustment against them, because they've kind of put it to us these first four games."

Read more about the Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the Mets go to Amazin' Avenue.


Braves Vs. Mets: Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves were unable to withstand the New York Mets in the series opener between the National League East Division rivals on Monday and look to take another shot at them Tuesday.

A win for the Braves would have tied their record with the Mets at 6-4 on the young season, sitting in second place in the division. Instead, Atlanta is 5-5 after suffering its first home loss of the season, which also ended a five-game winning streak for the Braves.

Be sure to read the daily news clippings provided by Talking Chop, which today includes quotes from Monday's loss.

Here is a look at the schedule and television information for Tuesday's game:

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 17, 6:10 p.m. CDT

TV: Fox Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5WCNN 680

Read more news and analysis on the Atlanta Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the New York Mets, be sure to visit Amazin' Avenue.


Braves vs. Mets Score: Dillon Gee, Ike Davis Carry New York To Victory

The Atlanta Braves saw their five-game winning streak end on Monday night, falling to the Mets by a score of 6-1. Despite a strong start in the early going from Tommy Hanson, one key at-bat did him and the Braves in, dropping the club back to .500 on the season.

Dillon Gee was the story for the Mets, continuing his dominance over Atlanta. The young righty worked seven innings, allowing just one run four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Jon Rauch and Tim Byrdak both pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Hanson was cruising for most of the evening before running into trouble in the sixth. With two outs and a runner on third, he fell behind David Wright and eventually intentionally walked him. Ike Davis, who has struggled for most of the 2012 season, battled off a ton of curveballs before getting a hold of one, sending it about 420 feet towards the right field seats. The Mets took a 4-1 lead and would eventually pad on to make the score 7-1 against Livan Hernandez.

Jason Heyward continued to look good at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two hard-hit singles. Jack Wilson was robbed of a homer by Jason Bay in the third. (No, we aren't joking, this actually happened.)

The Braves and Mets will meet once again on Tuesday night. Randall Delgado will take the mound for Atlanta, with Johan Santana going for New York. First pitch is set for 7:10.


Mets Vs. Braves Lineups: Chipper Jones In Lineup Hitting Third

Today's Braves lineup from manager Fredi Gonzalez once again has Chipper Jones hitting third against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee. Jones homered in his Turner Field debut on Sunday after sitting out two games with swelling in his knee. Jack Wilson will get the start for Atlanta at shortstop in place of rookie Tyler Pastornicky who is off to a tough start batting .136. Wilson is looking for his first hit of the season after going hitless in his first seven at-bats.

David Wright is batting third for the Mets and is off to a blistering start batting .571. Wright leads the team with 12 hits despite playing on only six games this season.

Here is a look at the starting lineups for both teams:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
4. Brian McCann (L) C
5. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Eric Hinske (L) 1B
8. Jack Wilson (R) SS
9. Tommy Hanson (R) P

New York Mets

1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Ike Davis (L) 1B
5. Jason Bay (R) LF
6. Lucas Duda (L) RF
7. Josh Thole (L) C
8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
9. Dillon Gee (R) P

For more on this series Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Braves vs. Mets: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After being swept by the New York Mets in their opening series, the Atlanta Braves will get another crack at them on Monday. The Braves enter the series as one of the hottest teams in baseball, having won five straight games.

Tommy Hanson will take the hill again against the Mets after facing them in the season opener. On that day he gave up just one run over five innings but took the loss after the lone run of the game scored on a David Wright RBI single in the sixth inning.

The player to watch in the lineup is Jason Heyward, who is heating up for the Braves and is 4-for-10 with a home run in his career off Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee.

Game date/time: Monday, April 16, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Pitching Matchup: Tommy Hanson (1-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.06 ERA)

TV: Fox Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5 and WCNN 680

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on this series Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Braves vs. Mets Series Preview: Atlanta Looks For Revenge Following Sweep In New York

The Braves will send Tommy Hanson to the mound on Monday evening.

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